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Govt putting 'full effort' into India marines crisis

'Warmth and solidarity', FM Terzi tweets

Govt putting 'full effort' into India marines crisis

Rome, December 14 - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said the government was putting its full effort into resolving the crisis involving two Italian anti-pirate marines being tried in India for allegedly killing two local fishermen, according to a comment posted on the government official's Twitter account on Friday. Italy on Thursday officially requested India's Supreme Court issue its verdict on the case before the Christmas festivities. The request was made through the local Indian ambassador, who was called to meet with Secretary General Michele Valensise at the request of Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi. Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India since being detained in February for charges that includes homicide. Terzi met with the marines' relatives on Friday, together with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Terzi said there was ''great warmth and solidarity from the head of state'' to the family, according to his Twitter post. Italy had petitioned that it should have jurisdiction over the case because the incident took place on an Italian ship. The Italian government believes that, regardless of who has jurisdiction, the marines should be exempt from prosecution in India as they were military personnel working on an anti-piracy mission. They were granted bail in June, but must remain in Indian territory.

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